Socialism’s legacy

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, many optimists claimed that the world was now somehow “after socialism.” There are reasons, however—structural, political, moral, and intellectual—why the collapse of Communism did not entail the end of socialism. This talk will explain why there can be no “after socialism” until the West comes to ultimate terms with the catastrophic legacy of international communism.

ALAN CHARLES KORS (B.A., Princeton; M.A. and Ph.D., Harvard) is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, and he is a co-founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He is the author of numerous books on European intellectual history and American higher education. Dr. Kors has served on the National Council for the Humanities, and been honored with many awards, including the National Humanities Medal and the Bradley Prize.

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2 Responses to Socialism’s legacy

  1. 1st-time mom says:

    I was born in the communist system. I was always shocked to see people in my US University proudly sporting the hammer and sickle on their T-shirt, thinking that somehow they were making a cool statement. It always made me think that they truly do not know what it represents. My family personally experienced the destruction of such a system.

  2. aleon says:

    Unfortunately they have no clue about communism. Only those who have suffered it in one way or another know there is nothing cool about it.
    Seeing a cold blooded murderer like Che Guevara converted into the symbol of youth, justice, solidarity and idealism makes me vomit.
    I understand and share your feelings.

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